By listening deeply, our director Stephanie T. Bell helps to create a “sacred space” in which you will become oriented toward a life of awareness, naming and engaging your inner-life movements while interacting with the world around you. Transformation occurs through a holistic approach of attending to our mind, body, heart and spirits. If you are asking, “How do I connect with God” a session in spiritual direction will help awaken your connection and guide you to finding spiritual practices that are meaningful to you. This is about you, and every person has a different journey.
As a Spiritual Director, Stephanie has received supervised training in Reformed and Ignatian Spirituality, individual/group spiritual direction, discernment and leadership while engaging in diverse theological perspectives on spiritual growth. Stephanie provides individual and group spiritual direction and facilitates themed retreats using creative contemplative practices.
Individual sessions are typically once a month for 60-minutes. Group sessions include 4-8 people and typically meet weekly for 90-minutes. Retreats and workshops can be customized to meet your needs.
"As we listen together to your sacred story, you will become more attuned to the ways the Spirit is moving in and through you."
To contact the Spiritual Director:
Stephanie T. Bell
Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute
412-661-1239 x 244
Spiritual Direction is for everyone! Different from counseling, Spiritual Direction offers time to listen, connect, and cultivate an awareness of the Spirit within you. During confidential one-on-one or group sessions we will focus on your spiritual questions, your deep longings, your experiences and responses to what is meaningful and holy in your life. Spiritual Directors provide guidance needed for discerning truths about your relationship with God, finding purpose, and deeper wisdom. Spiritual Direction does not offer certainty, it offers presence.
Spiritual Direction, an ancient practice, invites you to find a deeper connection with the Divine. It is an ongoing relationship between a person who desires to be more attentive to the movement of the Spirit in their life and a Discernment Focus Spiritual Director who supports that desire. It is about paying attention, making room, and listening to what is actually present in one’s life.
To schedule an appointment with Stephanie, please call our intake department at 412-661-1239 x216 and request for spiritual direction.
Stephanie T. Bell, BA, MA, is a seasoned expert in spiritual direction and holistic well-being. With over two decades of experience in youth, campus, and cross-cultural ministries, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Missions and Education from Messiah University, a Master of Arts in Higher Education from Geneva College, and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Leadership from The Pneuma Institute at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (PTS).
As a Spiritual Director, Stephanie has completed supervised training in Reformed and Ignatian Spirituality, individual/group spiritual direction, discernment and leadership while engaging in diverse theological perspectives on spiritual growth in the Christian life. She provides individual and group spiritual direction at the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute (PPI) while also facilitating focused retreats and workshops using contemplative practices.
Stephanie excels in spiritual discernment, hospitality, and relationship-building, serving as an educator and mentor in Spiritual Disciplines, Contemplative Spirituality, and Missional Creativity. Her extensive experience spans the United States and extends internationally.
Stephanie, alongside her husband, Kevin Bell, runs Philoxenia Life, offering retreat experiences in Ikaria, Greece, one of the renowned Blue Zones where people lead long and healthy lives. Her unique approach blends her roles as a permaculture designer and professional photographer into contemplative practices, workshops, and educational events, providing a valuable resource for those seeking guidance on their spiritual journey.
Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute seeks to serve the diverse community of Pittsburgh. Services are provided free of discrimination according to age, color, ethnic origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or disability.